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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 23:00

Featured Band (5): Brother Aiming Big, Discovers OasisIn his poem "Slough," John Betjeman damned the town with the opening lines, "Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough! It isn't fit for humans now..." Nevertheless, there is a strong possibility that the next big thing in "Gritpop" will come from this unfashionable English town. "Brother are four boys from Slough who... are basically displaced Mancunians," Paul Lester wrote for the Guardian. The band has already been asked to support Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye on its 2011 arena tour and to be involved in his Pretty Green clothing label. It's the return of Gritpop with plenty of unashamed coolkid swagger from Brother.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe has tipped them. "So that Zane Lowe has been playing Darling Buds Of May on Radio 1, and subsequently is putting Slough on the map," Brother writes on its website acidlove.net. "I always knew he had good taste." Zane Lowe said, “If Britpop is going to make a revival, then Brother are the band to start it."

On music website Last.fm the band is simply listed as, "Brother, a new four piece from Slough, UK."

The opening sequence of The Office, the 2001 BBC British television comedy created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, was filmed in the center of Slough, and features the same train and bus station outside of which Brother chose to set up its amplifiers and equipment for the filming of "Brother - An Introduction," a video the band has since posted on its website.

The line-up consists of: Leonard Newell (vocals and guitar), Josh Ward (bass), Samuel Jackson (guitar), and Frank Colucci (drums).

Bassist Ward's hometown is Portsmouth, and he only moved to Slough after meeting the rest of Brother. Colucci is a session drummer and tutor.

As the band tuned its instruments next to the taxi stands, the voice of one band member announced that the band was going to "play some songs to the people of Slough."

"I hope they like it," he continued. Actually I don't care if they like it, we'll do it anyway."

"I tell you, one year from today," he added. "We'll come back and there will be 10,000 people right here the same spot... I hope."

The video can be viewed here .

"IT HAS been a long time since there was so much hype about a rock 'n' roll band," British tabloid The Sun wrote earlier this month.

"Rock'n'roll doesn't have to be all about the shock of the new," Paul Lester wrote for the Guardian. "You'll hate Brother if you believe that rock doesn't count unless it involves new sounds and sensations, but you'll love them if you accept that you can experience something "old" and it can feel like the first time, especially if you've just necked a bunch of pharmaceuticals and a load of beer."

"They call what they do 'gritpop', which is corny but neat. It's the rougher, rawer end of Britpop revisited."

Slough is home to the Slough Trading Estate, which, coupled with extensive transport links, makes it an important business centre in South East England. Mars Bars are made there, Thunderbirds was filmed there, and The Beatles began its British tour there in 1963.

"We worked at these jobs," a band member said in the video introduction after the band failed in an earlier attempt to play at the trading estate. "I worked down the road in an office down there that was horrible. We can't do that any more, we play music."

Brother played its debut London show in October at the Flowerpot in Kentish Town, at which vocalist Newell said, “If anyone here doesn’t want to see the future of music, leave now.”

Featured Band (5): Brother Aiming Big, Discovers Oasis“We always expected a big reaction,” Newell told NME. “The most surprising thing to us is that all this hasn’t happened sooner.”

As a teenager, Newell played his first gig in a Slough Tandoori - his band was paid in curry.

Brother's first single "Darling Buds of May" (named after the 90's TV drama based on the novels written by H.E. Bates about the Larkin family) has been produced by Stephen Street, best known for his work with The Smiths and Blur, as will the debut album.

Listen to "Darling Buds of May" here or on the band's website. As the lyrics say, "It is what it is."

“We’re sick of all these American bands,” Newell continued. “The Drums can do one. As can all those bands with beards. It’s time for a proper band with some bollocks. Hopefully other bands will follow us.”

“We’re already polarising opinion massively,” he added. “People might think we’re arrogant, but it’s just belief. We know how amazing we are. And soon everyone else will.”

Brother has published a "manifesto" on its website:

"We're really unique and interesting, seriously!

We like all types of underground bands that nobody else has ever heard of, and we love all the really really indie movies that only like five hundred people in the whole nation have seen!

Oh yeah, and we love foreign films, not the fun or interesting ones, the ones that make you think!

...and let's see...what else... we've read all these books, books that you've never even heard of, books that have started revolutions! We're revolutionaries!

...and let's see... we're not very political, but we hate George W Bush! and we hate Michael Moore too!

Let's see... we love the outdoors and we love doing adventurous things, oh yeah, we love travelling too! And we love exotic foods, and did I mention we love travelling?

We just want to visit the world!!!"

Featured Band (5): Brother Aiming Big, Discovers OasisAs Paul Lester told Guardian readers, "If you squint at their promotional photos, you could be looking at the cast of Oasis: The Movie."

There's even a "swagger" to the band's music. The fact that the band's all-time hero is Morrissey rather than either of the Gallagher brothers isn't that apparent.

"Time Machine" is a free download to anyone who registers an interest in the band. Listen to "Time Machine" here or on the band's website.

After being courted by record labels, the band has signed with American label Geffen Records (part of Universal), which had early success with John Lennon and his number-one album Double Fantasy in 1980. Many of Brother's tracks and videos have been removed from its website as the band prepares for the next stage of its career.

According to the band's website, there is also a new limited edition twelve page black and white broadsheet coming soon, "inspired by Brother."

Listen to "New Year's Day" here.

"We know Britpop is a dirty word. We don’t care,” Brother told NME. “We want to headline Glastonbury. And we will.”

Brother, aiming big.

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Management
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Bookings
Matt Bates
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December

08.12.2010     Brighton              Jam    
09.12.2010     Oxford                Jericho    
11.12.2010     Exeter                Timepiece    
12.12.2010     Bristol                 Cooler    
13.12.2010     High Wycombe    Buckinghamshire Uni.    
14.12.2010     Nottingham         Bodega    
15.12.2010     Bath                  Moles    
16.12.2010     Harlow               The Square    
20.12.2010     Tunbridge Wells   Forum    
21.12.2010     Southampton      Joiners    

February & March

13.02.2011     Lancaster            Library    
15.02.2011     Stoke                Underground    
16.02.2011     Wrexham           Central Station    
17.02.2011     Leeds                Cockpit    
18.02.2011     Manchester        Ruby Lounge    
19.02.2011     Birmingham        Flapper    
21.02.2011     Cambridge         ARU    
22.02.2011     London             Borderline    
24.02.2011     Aldershot          West End Centre    
25.02.2011     Reading            Play    
26.02.2011     Swansea           University    
28.02.2011     York                 Stereo    
01.03.2011     Liverpool           Zanzibar    
02.03.2011     Middlesbrough    Uncle Alberts    
03.03.2011     Glasgow            King Tuts    
04.03.2011     Sheffield           Leadmill    
06.03.2011     Dublin               Academy 2

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 15:17
 

Newsflash Archive

Last week, Indie Rock and Roll Radio made Tigers That Talked its "Featured Band." The article can be found here. To celebrate the release of the band's debut album, The Merchant, DJ Space invited founder, singer-songwriter, frontman, and guitarist Jamie Williams into his virtual studios for a cup of tea and a chat. On behalf of listeners, he also remembered to ask a few questions.

Jamie Williams had the following to say, "Thanks for getting in touch and for your questions. We are really glad that you have been enjoying the music and hope you enjoy the album that is due for release today through www.tigersthattalked.co.uk !! Hopefully we will see you one day on our travels."

Q1. Congratulations on your debut album, The Merchant. I wish you the
success your music deserves. What does the release of your first album mean
to you?

"Thank you. The album means a huge amount to us, being our first release it is all the tracks we worked on together when we came together as a band and the recording process was a wonderful experience for us all, both in terms of how much we enjoyed it and also how much we learnt about making music. Our producer, Adam Noble, imparted a lot of wisdom in those sessions and we couldn’t have got to where we are musically now without going through that."

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